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What to do in New York in May and June 2017?

What to do in New York in May and June 2013?

If you decide on going in May or June to New York City, be aware that you made a good choice! In my opinion, these are just the best months to enjoy New York city, its streets and parks. The New Yorkers come back to life thanks to he sun and the first warm temperatures of the season.
In this post you will find all you can do during this period of the year in NYC.

The weather forecast for May and June

Temperatures highs: May: 22°C or 71°F //// June: 26°C or 78°F
Temperatures lows: May: 13°C or 55°F//// June: 18°C or 64°F

The month of May offers one of the best times to visit New York. Let’s just say that it’s warm enough to walk around New York streets and cool enough to be comfortable. Basically, an ideal time to visit NY before the busy summer season kicks in.

Regarding the month of June, it’s the first month where you can freely walk around New York without catching a cold and enjoy the beginning of the summer festivities in New York. So it’s warm but not scorching hot like what you experience in July or August in New York.

What to do in New York in May and June 2013?

Public holidays in May

Memorial Day falls on the last Monday of May (this year, it falls on May 29, 2017).
It’s a holiday to remember those who fell to defend the United States of America. It’s also the kick off of summertime season for many Americans. Many New Yorkers enjoy their day-off since Memorial Day is a national holiday (banks, schools and government offices are closed), barbecuing and a day at the local park or beach are part of the ritual. Do not worry, most touristic attractions remain open on that day.

There will be several parades:
- In Manhattan: the parade will take place in Inwood, at the crossroads of Broadway and Dyckman Streets.
- In Queens: don't miss the Little Neck-Douglaston, the biggest parade of New York. It starts at 2.00 pm on Northern Blvd (more info here).
- In Brooklyn: in 2017, it will be the 150th Memorial Day parade. It starts at 11.00 am at the crossroads of 87th St and 3rd Ave.

Memorial Day

Cultural events in New York City in May and June

There's a lot of free cultural events in New York in May and June!

Bryant Park Summer Film Festival

Bryant Park Summer Film Festival is a fest inviting you to watch free movies on a giant screen in Bryant Park every Monday at dusk from June to August. You can access the park easily with your blanket, your picnic and take a seat in front of the giant screen starting at 5pm. Then, the movie will start at sunset between 8 and 9 pm. If the weather doesn’t permit the screening, the shows are simply canceled; there are no “rain dates”.
More information: www.new-york-city-travel-tips.com/new-york-bryant-park-summer-festival/

Bryant Park Summer Film Festival

Shakespeare in the Park

Shakespeare in the Park is a 50+ years old tradition; a number of free shows brought together 100,000 people each summer at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park. Great artists like to participate in this tradition with people coming from around the world to celebrate Shakespeare and other classics. The tickets are free and are available at the ticket booth or online. The theater opens its doors during the summer at 7:30pm and the show starts at 8pm from Tuesday to Sunday nights.
More information: www.publictheater.org/Shakespeare-in-the-Park/

Shakespeare in the Park

Museum Mile Festival

The Museum Mile Festival takes place every year, and it will be on June 13 this year on the 5th avenue (closed to traffic on that particular day) and a block away from the MET. You can enjoy musical and artistic entertainment for adults and kids. On top of that, entrance is free for 9 museums with activities such as music shows, performing artists on 5th avenue. There are also some stands with face painting and sidewalk art greatly appreciated by kids. This event takes place between 82nd and 104th street on 5th avenue.
More information:www.museummilefestival.org/

Museum Mile Festival

Washington Square Music Festival

The Washington Square Music Festival takes place every Tuesday in June with free concerts of diverse kinds of music: jazz, fado, classic music, salsa...
More information:www.washingtonsquaremusicfestival.org/

Parades in New York City in May and June

The sun and warm temperatures are back in New York City along with diverse parades!

Dance Parade

Saturday May 20, 2017, another event which takes place every year, the Dance Parade. With the same spirit as dance and Fashion Shows around the world, the Dance Parade brings together different cultures and ethnicity in the city of New York. The Dance Parade celebrates the history of dance and brings forward creativity, vivacity and beauty of diverse dance styles. It starts at 1pm by a little welcome speech, and then the parade kicks off at 2pm. Dance Parade starts on Broadway at 32nd Street then heads south along Broadway, 4th avenue, then from St Mark to Tompkins Square Park.
More information:www.danceparade.org/

New York Dance Parade


The AIDS Walk is an annual March in the streets of New York to fight AIDS takes place on May 21, 2017. The walk was created in 1986 and brings around 50,000 people every year and raises close to 4.5 million dollars before the march even starts.
More information:www.ny.aidswalk.net//

Fleet Week

Since 1984, the city of New York honors the US Navy and Marine Corps, called “Fleet Week”. The week of May 24-30 proposes military demonstrations and the chance for the public to attend and visit the ships. The day of remembrances takes place on Memorial Day and is the highlight of the week of the festivities that include: Chorus, Air Force shows to honor those who fell for the US. 
More information:www.militarynews.com/app/fleetweeknewyork/

Fleet Week

Mermaid Parade

Every year at the end of June, the Mermaid Parade takes place. It will be on June 17, 2017. It’s a well known parade where women disguise themselves as mermaids. The event happens on Coney Island and has been a tradition since 1983. The parade celebrates the sand, the sea, the salt in the air and especially the beginning of summer. The participants wear hand made mermaid costumes or other sea creatures. The parade is then followed by the Mermaid Parade Ball, a really great family friendly event. If you want to see unusual costumes, give it a try since there’s a good vibe, but wear your own costume!!! 🙂
More information:www.coneyisland.com/programs/mermaid-parade

The Mermaid Parade

New York City Gay Pride

The New York City Gay Pride lasts for the entire week from June 16-25, 2017. The celebrations are organized around several events:
- The Rally June 16, 7pm-10pm.
- Pride Luminaries Brunch June 18, noon-4pm.
- OutCinema June 19.
- Family Movie Night June 20, 7.30pm-8.30pm.
- Fantasy June 23, 10pm-5am.
- VIP Rooftop Party June 24, 2pm-10pm.
- Teaze June 24, 3pm-10pm.
- Masterbeat: Game Show June 24, 10pm-9am.
- The March June 25, starting at noon.
- PrideFest June 25, 11am-6pm.
- Dance on the Pier June 25, 2pm-10pm.
- Femme Fatale June 25, 4pm-10pm.
More information:www.nycpride.org/events

New York City Gay Pride

Food events in May and June

New York offers great option to celebrate food!

Ninth Avenue International Food Festival

The International Food Festival on 9th avenue takes place during the weekend of May 20-21, 2017. The Ninth Avenue International Food Festival has become one of the New Yorkers’ favorite events since its creation in 1973. 9th avenue closes to cars during the festival. For two days, the streets offer the scents of delicious dishes. Around 1 million visitors flock to the area located between 37th and 57th street and try a number of the different specialties offered. Moreover, the attractions go well beyond food and include music and dance shows. This is a great event for the whole family to attend.
More information:www.ninthavenuefoodfestival.com

Ninth Avenue International Food Festival

Restaurant Week

In June, you can enjoy a dinner at some of the city’s greatest restaurants at very reasonable prices during “New York Restaurant Week”!!!! This event has existed since 1992 and includes now more than 250 participating restaurants representing the diverse culinary talents of New York. Enjoy yourself with this experience that includes quality, diversity and hospitality. The event lasts for 2 weeks (TBC, it could be in July).
More information:www.new-york-city-travel-tips.com/new-york-restaurant-week

Sport events in May and June

You can participate in sports events or reserve your seats to watch a game! Either way, there's a lot of fun for sports lovers!!!

Five Borough Bike Tour

The Five Borough Bike Tour takes place every year, and it will be on Sunday May 7 this year. If you want to discover New York on a bike, and ride a distance of 42 Miles (=67, 5 km), this is the event for you!!!! You’ll be allowed to bike around NYC car free and especially to participate at one of the biggest biking events of the US along with 30,000 bikers. Now, you need to know that registration is limited so if you’re interested, register ahead.

The trip will start in Lower Manhattan. You’ll head North toward the heart of Manhattan with Central Park then Harlem and the Bronx before returning South along the East River on the FDR Drive. From there, you will ride toward Queens and Brooklyn where you’ll to head towards the highway before getting on the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge in Staten Island. The whole trip is about 42 miles, and mostly flat except for the bridges 🙂
More information:www.bike.nyc/events/td-five-boro-bike-tour

Five Borough Bike Tour

Baseball games

In May and June, even if there aren’t any NBA events, you can still watch Major League Baseball games in New York with their 2 teams : the Mets and the Yankees. Especially with the brand new Yankees stadium located in the Bronx!!!! Pure Bliss!!!

METS ticketsYANKEES tickets

New York Yankees

Soccer games

The second important professional sports available in May and June in New York is Soccer.

The team representing NY is called the New York City FC and they play at the Yankees Stadium. The other teem is the New York Red Bulls and they do not play in NYC or New York State but very close by in New Jersey, a 20 min train ride away from Manhattan.


New York Red Bulls

Concerts and shows in New York in May and June 2017

New York is well-known for its shows on Broadway and concert in one of it's typical venues, like Radio City Music Hall, Madison Square Garden or the Barclays Center to only name a few.
The best thing you can do is to revise the calendar of events that I keep up to date in NYCTT. You can find it here.
If you want to search for a special artist or venue in New York, you can also visit the TicketNetwork webpage and find out if your favorite singer will be in NYC during your stay there!

TKTS NY Times Square desde ariiba

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11 responses to the post : " What to do in New York in May and June 2017? "

  1. Mels says:

    Hi, I am travelling from England on the 16th June and staying with Family in NY for a few days but then have a few days to explore by myself . .. any hidden treasures I should be aware of for a single female that would be good to exprience


  2. Tamora says:

    Traveling to NYC 6/17. What do you recommend for teen visitors during that time for music, movie set visits, etc?

  3. Al Gray says:

    Hi Can you still see Ice Hockey games in June 2915? Regards Al

  4. DrVCH says:

    Hubs and I will be in NYC June 4th - 7th. We love live music: jazz, r&b, blues. Where do you recommend. We have found the hole in the wall type places are THE best! Also, we are foodies...again, hole in the wall rules!!!


  5. Jo Hicks says:

    hi we are staying in NY city from 3rd to 6th may. Love to see a sports game can you suggest anything really close for us to get to? Also which shows are a must attend either musical and comedy? Other ideas for nightlife??? Thanx so much!!

  6. Candi Ferguson says:

    I'm thinking of visiting in June this year. What's the weather going to be like? I'm from Florida so I'm used it being hit staying in March. Just want to be prepared for anything. Thx!

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